Russian Baltic Fleet’s training ship Smolny ends its visit to GreeceMilitary & Defense October 24, 21:23
Diplomat: US needs alleged attack on Russian ministry website to hype up cyberwar topicRussian Politics & Diplomacy October 24, 21:03
IOC confirms talks between Thomas Bach and Russia’s whistleblowing couple StepanovsSport October 24, 20:34
Scottish rockers Nazareth will record album with new vocalist in 2017Society & Culture October 24, 20:23
Lavrov, Kerry agree to continue consultations on Aleppo — ministryRussian Politics & Diplomacy October 24, 20:11
Russian diplomat does not rule out Ukraine may provoke another gas crisis with EURussian Politics & Diplomacy October 24, 19:50
Moscow court turns down complaint by Stalin’s grandson on justification of NazismSociety & Culture October 24, 19:39
Russia's Ryazan governor says death toll in house explosion climbs to 7Society & Culture October 24, 19:28
Czech ministry does not expect extradition request for Russian national from US this weekWorld October 24, 19:16
MOSCOW, March 4. /TASS/. The leader of Russia’s Liberal Democratic Party Vladimir Zhirinovsky suspects that the hunger-strike declared by former Ukrainian military servicewoman, Nadezhda Savchenko, currently standing trial in Russia, is a fake.
Savchenko on March 3 said she would not take food or water to protest the Donetsk court’s refusal to let her make the final statement.
"That’s a flagrant lie. How many times has she declared hunger-strikes? Where do you see a hunger-strike? She is literally blooming! Full-blooded and buxom. Her hunger-strike is a fake. The real hunger strike puts one to death in a week, provided you take no food or water. Without food you would last two weeks at the most. And without water no more than a week. Just take a look at her. She can stand with no support at all and smile," Zhirinovsky told a news conference at TASS on Wednesday.
Savchenko is faced with charges under three articles of the Criminal Code, including murder. The investigators say that Savchenko, an officer of the Ukrainian armed forces, was adjusting artillery fire against the area of a road-block held by militias of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic in June 2014. A camera crew of Russia’s TV and radio broadcaster VGTRK was in the area at the moment. Two TV journalists - Igor Kornelyuk and Anton Voloshin - were killed by a mortar shell explosion. Savchenko was put on trial on September 22 last year. Since July 25, 2015 Savchenko has been kept at a detention prison in Novocherkassk (30 kilometers from Rostov-on-Don and 150 kilometers away from the Donetsk city court) where she is brought for each session. Savchenko has spent in custody a total of 20 months. The prosecutor has asked the court to sentence her to 23 years in a standard security jail and a fine of 100,000 rubles.